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VSLive! 2009 Event in San Francisco Features Top Industry Experts and Special Pricing Offers


CHATSWORTH, CA. Jan. 26, 2009 -- This year, VSLive! continues its rich history of presenting outstanding independent content experts discussing the very latest software technologies and products. VSLive! has now announced its lineup of world-renowned keynote speakers -- industry experts who are widely respected for their knowledge and background.

Starting with Day One, attendees of the San Francisco VSLive! conference in February will hear an outstanding opening keynote from Microsoft's Jason Zander, general manager of the Visual Studio Team. Zander will be followed by a wide array of top software development experts from both inside and outside Microsoft, including a Day Two keynote by InterKnowlogy CEO Tim Huckaby that will demonstrate Microsoft Surface implementations.

VSLive!, the industry's premier independent software developer conference, takes place at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero in San Francisco, Feb. 23-27. This year's conference offers attendees more than 80 sessions over five days, including optional workshops, for a week of both broad and deep training in some of the most innovative developer products and technologies in the world. Registration includes attendance to the one-day MSDN Developer Conference on Monday, Feb. 23, which will showcase technical overviews of the Azure Services Platform, Silverlight, Live Mesh and more.

For a limited time, VSLive! is offering two new special pricing offers: a buy one, get one free registration special that includes a second registration of equal or lesser value for free; and a new one-day pass for those not able to stay for the entire event.

Along with top-of-the-line speakers, VSLive! will include plenty of engaging evening activities and other opportunities to meet and interact with the speakers. Events include the always-popular Birds-of-a-Feather networking lunch, numerous author book signings, and VSLive! After Dark, featuring fun and lively discussions among attendees, speakers and industry leaders—including plenty of contests, prizes and surprise demos. VSLive! After Dark will include widely known Redmond magazine columnist and renowned Microsoft expert Mary Jo Foley discussing her latest book, “Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft Plans to Stay Relevant in the Post-Gates Era."

Day One will end with a bang at the Welcome Reception, featuring complimentary food and beverages and an introduction to the three-day Exhibitor Expo.

A big draw for VSLive! Plus Package holders will be the two full-day, in-depth workshops and the VIP Lounge & Game Center, where passport holders can get away from it all to enjoy coffee, complimentary soft drinks and snacks, plus laptop drops, Xbox gaming consoles and big-screen movies.

Speakers and topics at VSLive! 2009 in San Francisco include:
  • Rockford Lhotka, principal technology evangelist for Magenic Technologies and conference co-chair, on Silverlight, and Building Distributed Apps in .NET 3.5 SP1.

  • Richard Hale Shaw, a renowned speaker and conference chair whose company has trained software developers since 1993, on LINQ.

  • Brian Randell, a well-known consultant, software developer and educator, and the Team System columnist for MSDN Magazine, on Team Foundation Server 2010, Database Design, and Team System 2008.

  • Bill Vaughn, a 35-year veteran of the computer industry and author of the critically acclaimed book "Hitchhiker's Guide to SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services," on ADO.NET 3.5 SP1 for Visual Studio and SQL Server and Visual Studio Reporting -- Leveraging the New SQL Server 2008 RDL Technology.

  • Aaron Skonnard, author of numerous books, articles, white papers and courses, on "Dublin," Windows Azure, and What's New in WCF/WF 4.0.

  • Deborah Kurata, a .NET expert with more than 15 years experience in application architecture, design and development and author of several books, on Visual Studio and .NET Framework Secrets.
VSLive!, formerly VBITS, is an independent developer conference focused on Microsoft technologies. It is produced by 1105 Media Inc., a producer of integrated business-to-business information and media.

VSLive! is intended to give professional developers both essential working knowledge about shipping Microsoft products including Microsoft .NET Framework, Visual Studio and Silverlight, as well as a look at the future of Microsoft technologies such as Visual Studio 2010, .NET Framework 4.0., and Windows Multi-Touch 7.0. The conference goal, during a time of great flux in software development techniques and technologies, is to help attendees boost their careers with a solid week of training and networking experiences.

“Our keynote and session speaker lineup is outstanding again this year," notes Henry Allain, president of 1105 Enterprise Computing Group. “Attendees of VSLive! 2009 in San Francisco will hear from and be able to interact with some of the top software developers and innovators in the world."

For more information on VSLive!, including a preliminary list of sessions, please visit vslive.com/2009/sf.

About 1105 Media Inc.
1105 Media Inc. is a leading provider of integrated information and media in targeted business-to-business markets, including specialized sectors of the information technology community; industrial health, safety and compliance; security; environmental protection; and home health care.1105's offerings span print and online magazines, journals and newsletters; seminars, conferences and trade shows; training courseware; and Web-based services. 1105 Media is based in Chatsworth, Calif., with offices throughout the United States. It was formed on April 7, 2006, by Nautic Partners LLC, Alta Communications and Neal Vitale, to acquire 101communications LLC and Stevens Publishing. For more information, go to 1105media.com.

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Matt Morollo, VP, Publishing at 508-532-1418 or mmorollo@1105media.com

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